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Turkey holidays: FCO issues urgent advice for Britons – are 2020 holidays safe?

Holidaymakers who are trapped in Turkey have been issued new advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on how to stay safe amid the country’s stringent coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures. UK officials have also issued an urgent warning for those considering a holiday to the hotspot.

On Tuesday, the FCO added more information for Britons who may have found themselves stranded in Turkey as the country went into lockdown.

In order to ensure their safety, the FCO is urging Britons to follow the advice of local authorities, which includes a strict curfew with limiting exceptions.

The FCO website explains: “On 18 May, the Turkish Government announced a nationwide four-day curfew from 23-26 May.

“The existing on-going curfew also remains in place for those aged over 65, those born after 1 January 2000, and those who have a chronic medical condition.”

The only exceptions to the curfew are for certain age groups.

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The FCO adds: “Beyond these exemptions, people in these categories must not leave their homes.”

Authorities in the country have also placed strict travel bans in and out of certain regions, which may make it difficult for Britons who are hoping to leave ands return to the UK.

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“There are extremely limited international flights,” the FCO states.

“On 18 May, the Turkish government announced that existing travel restrictions, into and out of, the following cities will remain in place until midnight on 3 June: Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, Zonguldak.

“People may be fined by the Turkish authorities if they try to travel into or out of these cities while travel restrictions are in place.”

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